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Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.

The rannaigecht mor gairit is an Irish poetic form. If it sounds familiar, it's because we covered the rannaigecht in December.

(Common poetry terms.)

Here are the ranaigecht mor gairit guidelines:

  • Quatrains (or 4-line stanzas)
  • Three syllables in the first line; seven syllables per line in lines two through four
  • Rhyme scheme: aaba
  • The end word of line three rhymes with a word (or words) in the middle of line four
  • The end word of each line is usually monosyllabic

No other rules for subject or length!

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Here’s my attempt at a Rannaigecht Mor Gairit:

Know Your Own Weight, by Robert Lee Brewer

The last string
or straw or whatever thing
that he did before she went
and sent him off was to fling

his whole self
onto the very top shelf
of her favorite display case
now displaced by that dumb elf.

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